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Pax Obama: War is Peace

October 9th, 2009

The news lines are buzzing with reports that Obama was just handed the Nobel Peace Prize.  Seriously.  This is not a joke.  The accomplishment worthy of Nobel, according to the Prize Committe, is “Diplomacy” lolwut?  The full citation from the Nobel committee includes such gems as:

Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations.

There is nothing exceptional or extraordinary about a Statesman practicing “diplomacy”. So it seems that Obama has been literally handed the Nobel Peace Prize for the singular virtue of not being George W. Bush.

Since the deadline for nominations was only about two weeks after Obama took office earlier this year, we can surmise that he was nominated based on what he was trying to do.  Up until that point, (other than order drone missile attacks on some goat-herders in rural Pakistan) he hadn’t done a goddamn thing.  Never you mind, though.

Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and a former prime minister of Norway, said the president had already contributed enough to world diplomacy and international understanding to earn the award.

“We are not awarding the prize for what may happen in the future, but for what he has done in the previous year. We would hope this will enhance what he is trying to do.” [NYT]

With no respect due this mockery, Mr. Jagland’s two sentences here are at odds with one another, and with reality. Let’s consider Obama’s record.  During the course of the past nine months, Obama has presided over the following reality:

  1. Afghanistan has not been liberated after nine years of U.S. intervention (with no end in sight).
  2. Obama’s “diplomacy” involves giving Afghanistan back to the Taliban.
  3. Obama has been escalating American commitment in Afghanistan, and today, the morning on which his Peace Prize is announced, he is scheduled to commit another 40,000 soldiers to that godforsaken quagmire.
  4. Approximately 3,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan between February and August, 2009.
  5. Obama has increased the number of drone missile attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan; ordering his very first murders via drone attack in Pakistan, a mere three days after assuming the Presidency. 
  6. Obama protects war criminals, sanctioning war crimes and violating the Geneva Convention rules.
  7. The U.S. still maintains and staffs approximately 700 military bases throughout the world. [wiki]

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of actions and records, any one of which I would think, ought to remove one from consideration for any prize named after peace.  Welcome to 1984.

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  • Don says on: October 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

     

    Up is down, left is right, right is wrong, nothing is real any more, everything is fake.
    Seriously, I question my sanity in this insane world.
    I don't belong here….

  • gilliganscorner says on: October 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

     

    How is it possible the hood ornament on the dump truck of government – a monopoly on violence – gets awarded a peace prize?

    I have never worked for or advocated the legitimacy of an instution(s) that decide:

    – where children go to school, and how they will be educated
    – the interest rate citizens can borrow at
    – the value of currency
    – how employees can be hired and fired
    – how more than 50% of their citizens’ time and money are disposed of
    – who a citizen’s doctor is
    – what kinds of medical procedures can be received and when
    – when to go to war, or build machines for the express purpose of disassembling people
    – who can live in the country
    – practice imperialism
    – run prison camps
    – redistributing wealth or impoverishment by force (taxation), depending on how you look at it
    – I'd go on, but I'd get carpal tunnel syndrome..

    Where's my peace prize?

    • Don says on: October 10, 2009 at 11:46 am

       

      – where children go to school, and how they will be educated
      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      As of right now its still possible for concerned parents to abolish the above.
      Sadly, most parents aren't concerned with such things and use the public indoctrination system as an extension of the private daycare service to watch over their unwanted broods.

      My wife and I have been assisting concerned parents worldwide for 20 years in a better way to educate their kids. See: http://www.everythinghomeschooling.com

      I am convinced the states take over of the education system in the US is at the root of all other societal-political ills in the US as multiple generations of citizens have been sufficiently stupified into a herd mentality without the capacity to think cohesively, that is, they keep doing the same stupid things over and over and stare in disbelief when they get exactly what they asked for.

      Seriously, it is a state of dementia when people choose other people to rule over them.
      Why in the world would any sane person do such a thing?

      • gilliganscorner says on: October 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm

         

        Seriously, it is a state of dementia when people choose other people to rule over them.
        Why in the world would any sane person do such a thing?

        —-

        It starts in the cradle. Children watch their parents subjugate themselves to authority figures right from the beginning.

        – Dad and Mom tell me what is right or wrong. Mom and Dad watch the news. Therefore, the news is important.
        – Mom and Dad send me to school. Therefore, school must be important. If it is important, it must be moral. Hint: Find parents who OK their kids to abstain from the national anthem or the Lord's prayer.
        – Via peer review/pressure, conformity is more important than the truth. Anyone breaking this code is immediately shouted down/ridiculed.

        Breaking the matrix is difficult to impossible for most. Doing so is traumatic. As per design.

  • Mike Gogulski says on: October 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

     

    Well, he's in good company with arch-criminal Kissinger now.

  • Greg F says on: October 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

     

    Well, there was also another person that was awarded the Nobel prize for "Controversial Psychosurgery"

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/artic

    Sure, it cured Schizo's, but also:
    "these patients are not only no longer distressed by their mental conflicts but also seem to have little capacity for any emotional experiences – pleasurable or otherwise. They are described by the nurses and the doctors, over and over, as dull, apathetic, listless, without drive or initiative, flat, lethargic, placid and unconcerned, childlike, docile, needing pushing, passive, lacking in spontaneity, without aim or purpose, preoccupied and dependent."

    Does anyone really think the Nobel is worth a damn?

  • John says on: October 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm

     

    Dave, we should nominate Rick Porcello for the Hall of Fame.

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